Loads of us would rather our lovers donate to charity for our Valentine’s Day gift

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    Loads of us would rather our lovers donate to charity for our Valentine's Day gift
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    Now we’re not sure how true these claims are but almost a quarter of Brits say they would prefer a charitable gift on their behalf rather than get a present they can keep on Valentine’s Day.

    Needless to say, giving money to charities and supporting humanitarian causes is something we should probably all try to do from time to time.

    But would you really want your gift to go to a stranger rather than get the thing you’ve been hinting at for the last few weeks?

    You can always donate to charities any time of the year, but shouldn’t a day specially set aside to celebrate love be just about you and your lover (no matter what the haters say)?

    On the other hand, you could celebrate your relationship on any other day rather than the pressured confines of 24 hours…

    Loads of us would rather our lovers donate to charity for our Valentine's Day gift
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    Anyway, donating towards a charity and generally all-around altruism is good for the disadvantaged, for society, for yourself, and also your dating profile – according to research.

    Charitable giving boosts perceived levels of attractiveness for 32% of singles as altruistic individuals receive a third more messages online.

    New eHarmony and JustGiving data analyses have revealed that in the pursuit of love, the more you give, the more you’ll get back.

    This feeling was strongest among the younger generation, aged between 18-34.

    Singles who referenced some form of philanthropy on their profile – with keywords including charity, volunteering, giving or donating – also received over a third (34%) more messages than those who did not.

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    Similarly, those who appear to be more generous – based on psychological analysis from their answers to eHarmony’s relationship questionnaire – received around 80% more messages.

    In terms of geography, the analysis revealed that Liverpool, Manchester and Belfast possess the highest levels of philanthropy, making them the UK’s most charitably-minded cities.

    And when considering gender, women were found to be somewhat more altruistic than their male counterparts.

    While it is certainly a good sign, charitable endeavours should be made with wholesome, genuine intentions, and not just to get a few more matches on a dating app.

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